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Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui Earns LEED Platinum Status for Sustainable Campus Design

The Hawai‘i Community College – Pālamanui (Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui) campus has earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest rating possible in the sustainable building program.

Photos by Andrew Richard Hara

“Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui is committed to being a community leader in West Hawai‘i in the areas of science, culture and conservation,” said Director of Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui Dr. Marty Fletcher. “By designing a campus to achieve the highest possible rating in the LEED sustainable building program we are demonstrating our commitment to those principles.”

University of Hawai‘i President David Lassner said, “Congratulations and thanks to our entire team for certifying another LEED Platinum building at UH. The University of Hawaiʻi stands firmly committed to addressing the challenges of climate change and achieving our sustainability goals across our operations, education, scholarship, cultural connections and community engagement.”

Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui is the West Hawai‘i campus of Hawai‘i Community College with over 500 students enrolled during the past academic year in programs such as Liberal Arts, Digital Media Arts, Hospitality and Tourism, and more. The first phase of Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui was completed in August 2015 and includes 24,000 square feet of learning space comprised of classrooms, culinary arts kitchens, science labs and more.

The campus earned the LEED Platinum rating by incorporating numerous sustainable design elements in the facility. This includes on-site photovoltaics for electricity; efficient use of water, including a “living machine” natural wastewater recycling system; certified sustainable wood; low-emitting paints and adhesives; and much more.

The campus was designed by Honolulu-based architecture firm Urban Works. In 2016 the design won a Renaissance Building & Remodeling Grand Award for new commercial construction from the Building Industry Association of Hawai‘i.

This is the second Hawai‘i CC building to earn a LEED rating. Hale Aloha on the Manono campus in Hilo earned a LEED Gold rating for a renovation project that incorporated many sustainable design features such as a green roof and use of recycled materials.

Students interested in enrolling at Hawai‘i CC – Pālamanui for the fall 2017 semester can visit hawaii.hawaii.edu/palamanui or call 969-8816. The deadline to apply is August 1.

Hawai‘iʻs Child Well-Being 17th in Latest National Rankings

Economic conditions may finally be improving, and families continue to offer a strong foundation for Hawaiʻi’s children, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Book, which examines trends in child well-being during the post-recession years, found that Hawaiʻi now ranks 23 in child economic well-being, and 17 for child well-being overall.

“We’re seeing a steady decrease in the number of children living in families where the parents lack secure employment,” says Ivette Rodriguez Stern, the Hawaiʻi KIDS COUNT project director at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center on the Family. “As parental employment improves, we begin to see improvements in other indicators of economic well-being.”

The rate of children living in households with a high housing cost burden—defined as a household spending more than 30 percent or more of income on housing—is one indicator that has steadily improved, decreasing from 46 percent in 2010 to 38 percent in 2015. However, Hawaiʻi still has among the worst housing cost burden rates in the nation, ranking 46th for this indicator.

“High housing costs remain a significant challenge in our state. When families spend so much of their income on housing, they have fewer resources to meet other basic needs. We all—including government and the private sector—need to come together to build more affordable housing in Hawaiʻi,” said Nicole Woo, senior policy analyst at the Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice.

Despite some improvements on individual indicators, Hawaiʻi is lagging in the education domain, ranking 36th. Although there have been some improvements in reading and math proficiency, Hawaiʻi’s children are still below national proficiency rates and more than half of 3- and 4-year-olds are not enrolled in preschool programs.

“Access to high-quality, affordable child care and preschool must remain a priority in our state,” said Barbara DeBaryshe, interim director of the UH Center on the Family. “Strong programs support school readiness and give an extra boost to children facing the difficult odds of poverty or family hardship. Sadly, we simply do not have enough child care seats in our state, especially for infants and toddlers. We need policy incentives that allow providers to serve more children, give families more assistance paying for care and help more programs reach quality benchmarks. Investments in our keiki now will have large payoffs in the future.”

Significant Hawaiʻi findings

The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank each state across four domains that represent what children need most to thrive. Findings for Hawaiʻi include the following:

  • Three of four economic indicators—the percentage of children whose parents lack secure employment, children in households with a high housing cost burden, and teens not in school and not working—have improved since the release of the 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The percentage of children living in poverty has failed to improve past 2010 levels and returned to 14 percent in 2015.
  • There were improvements in three of the four indicators in the education domain compared to 2010 data—reading and math proficiency and the percentage of high schoolers graduating on time—however, the percentage of 3- and 4-year-olds not in preschool increased by 18 percent from 2010 to 2015.
  • With only 2 percent of our children lacking health insurance coverage, Hawaiʻi continues to lead the nation in health, ranking eighth in this domain. This represents a 50 percent decrease in the percentage of kids without insurance compared to 2010.
  • Hawaiʻi is also doing well in the family and community context, ranking 10th in this domain. The teen birth rate has continued an impressive decline of 36 percent since 2010, and we have fewer children living in high poverty neighborhoods in 2015 than in 2010.

Besides emphasizing investments in early childhood education programs, with the Data Book, the Annie E. Casey Foundation demonstrates the need for protecting health insurance coverage for children and expanding programs that create economic stability for families at the state and federal levels.

“We’ve done well in making sure that our children have health insurance coverage. However, health care reforms that limit federal funds coming to our state for Medicaid or that allow insurers to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions will threaten the well-being of our most vulnerable children and youth. We must continue to work hard at all levels to make sure that coverage is not jeopardized,” said Stern.

Woo adds, “On a positive note, this year the Legislature approved a state earned income tax credit (EITC). Unfortunately, the state credit is non-refundable, which will limit tax refunds available to families when the amount of their EITC is larger than what they owe in state income tax. Nevertheless, this is a great start and represents breakthrough legislation that supports low-income families and children in our state.”

Older Women in Hawaii are 57% More Likely to Live in Poverty Than Older Men

A new analysis finds that Social Security benefits are especially crucial for older women in Hawaiʻi, who are more likely to live in poverty and less likely to have access to assets or savings in retirement. The report, released by the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is a first in examining more closely the economic status of older adults in Hawaiʻi by gender and race/ethnicity.

Just over nine percent (9.1 percent) of older women in Hawaiʻi live in poverty, compared with 5.8 percent of older men. Single older women in Hawaiʻi, however, are three times more likely than married older women to be living in poverty (13.0 percent and 4.1 percent poverty rates, respectively). The majority of older women in Hawaiʻi are single, while the majority of older men are married. There are also differences by race/ethnicity: Rates of pension coverage are highest among older Japanese women and lowest among older Filipinas, and rates of marriage also vary, with Filipinas most likely and Native Hawaiian women least likely to be married.

Dr. Colette Browne

“Many of the economic challenges that older women experience stem from inequities that women face earlier in life, including a persistent wage gap, the high cost of child care and a shortage of affordable housing. This builds up over the course of a lifetime and limits women’s ability to lay the foundation for economic security in retirement, especially for the many older single women living without a spouse,” said Dr. Colette Browne, the Richard S. and T. Rose Takasaki Endowed Professor in Social Policy at the School of Social Work and author of the report’s recommendations.

The paper finds that Social Security is the most common source of income for both older men and women in Hawaiʻi, and is especially crucial for women. In Hawaiʻi, nearly 40 percent (39.4 percent) of older women’s annual income is from Social Security, compared with 29 percent of older men’s. Still, Social Security benefits received by older women in Hawaiʻi total about 80 percent of the amount older men receive ($12,000, compared with $15,158).

Older men have greater access to pensions, retirement savings and asset income than older women. Nearly half (47 percent) of older men receive income from a pension or retirement savings plan, compared with just over a third (35.5 percent) of older women in the state. Even for those with a pension or retirement savings plan, women’s median annual income is about 60 percent of men’s ($12,596 compared with $21,344).

The report concludes with recommendations for Hawaiʻi policymakers to focus on strategies and programs that alleviate age-, gender- and race-based inequalities and poverty across the lifespan.

Strategies to address inequity and support the health, educational and employment aspirations of women of every age in Hawaiʻi, coupled with policies that support women with child and elder caregiving responsibilities, such as paid sick days, paid family leave and an affordable and secure long-term care funding mechanism, would bolster women’s financial security throughout their life course and especially in their later years.

“Today’s younger woman is tomorrow’s older woman, so improving the economic status of older women in Hawaiʻi must start with addressing inequality at school, work and home,” said Browne. “But, we must also pay attention to the needs of older women today, and this means honoring women’s contributions to family and community, protecting Social Security and committing ourselves to funding for health and long-term care if and when disabilities occur.

The findings are presented in a paper by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work funded the analysis and authored the paper’s recommendations through the school’s Takasaki Endowment.

For more information, visit: https://iwpr.org/publications/economic-security-older-women-men-hawaii/

Man Who Gave Native Bird its Hawaiian Name Given Citizen Conservationist Award

During a ceremony at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park today, Noah Gomes was honored with the second DLNR Citizen Conservationist award. Gomes, a park ranger is known here as someone who perpetuates Hawaiian culture in his interactions with visitors and always demonstrates the spirit of Aloha.

As a graduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Gomes conducted painstaking research in an effort to find the historical name for the endangered Hawai‘i Creeper. He pored through hundreds of pages of old Hawaiian newspapers and reviewed virtually every bit of literature he could find on the traditional name of the tiny forest bird.  In his thesis, which was published in the ‘Elepaio Journal, Gomes posited that the customary name of the Hawaiian Creeper is ‘Alawī.  This convinced the Hawaiian Lexicon Committee to approve the name.  The committee, established in 1987, approves the creation of words for concepts and material culture, unknown to Hawaiian ancestors.

DLNR First Deputy Director Kekoa Kaluhiwa presented the award to Gomes.  He said, “As a graduate student, Noah chose to research and review major literature on native Hawaiian birds by important authors in the late 19th and early 20th century to try and find a specific Hawaiian name for the Hawaii Creeper.  For more than a century there was no known Hawaiian name for this endangered bird.” In a statement read during today’s award ceremony Kaluhiwa added, “We are grateful for Noah’s efforts and hereby present him with a DLNR Citizen Conservationist Award, for his efforts to preserve our Native Hawaiian cultural heritage; in a time when birds like the ‘Alawī are endangered and even on the brink of extinction. His efforts help us all recognize not only the ecological importance of the ‘Alawī, but also the role it plays in our lives and those of our ancestors.

On May 31, 2017, during a naming ceremony for the ‘Alawī at the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve, not far from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Gomes did the blessing and led an ‘awa ceremony in honor of the bird’s naming. In remarks after he received his award Gomes explained, “This joined my life-long love of birds with my passion for Hawaiian culture and our language. I’m thrilled and honored to have been involved in the naming of the ‘Alawī.”

Alex Wang, (pronounced Wong) a bird specialist with the DLNR Natural Area Reserve program, and a Gomes’ friend commented, “Noah has such a deep sense of place and appreciation for native Hawaiian culture and what it represents to everyone, Hawaiian or not, living in these islands today.  He truly personifies the very best traits associated with the people of our host culture. In addition to what I expect will be many notable accomplishment in his future, he will be known in the history books as the person who named the ‘Alawī. and as Noah said how many of us are fortunate enough to marry a childhood fascination with a professional contribution to science and culture.”

The DLNR Citizen Conservationist Award program was established in early 2017 to recognize people in the community who go above and beyond to assist the department in fulfilling its mission of protecting the natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i nei.

Applications Being Accepted for Youth Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Training

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Mānowai O Hanakahi program is currently accepting applications for its Youth Ocean Safety and Lifeguard Training course, to be held in Hilo Monday-Friday, June 26 – 30, from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at a location to be announced.

Hawaiʻi Island youth age 15 and above are encouraged to apply. Applicants interested in marine health, stewardship and related marine careers will be given special consideration. The application deadline is Friday, June 23.

The course is made possible through funding from the National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Education and Training Mini Grant program.

For session information and an application, visit: http://stem.hilo.hawaii.edu/manowai, call 933-0707, or email hperry@hawaii.edu.

14,105 Pounds of Donations Saved From Trash During Student Housing Move-Out

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Student Housing Services managed to gather more than 14,105 pounds of items for donation during the weekend of residence hall move-out at the end of spring 2017 semester.

Nicole Chatterson (right) and Eunice Yamada led student efforts to divert 45 mini-fridges from the landfill.

Students and staff juggled commencement and the end-of-semester move out rush to donate 9,554 pounds of clothes and 4,551 pounds of miscellaneous items to the Boys and Girls Club and the Kidney Foundation.

In addition to these items, the UH Office of Sustainability teamed up with the Surfrider UH Club to rescue 45 abandoned mini-fridges from the waste stream. These mini-fridges will be offered to incoming student residents in fall 2017.

“I never thought I’d be making the effort to recycling anything larger than plastic bottles until I realized refrigerators were being abandoned,” said Erika Peralta, Co-Chair of the Surfrider UH Club. “Not only did I consider the accumulation of waste, but I also thought about how we might help relieve some pressure on student budgets by facilitating the re-use of these mini-fridges.”

“While there is a lot of effort put into making move-out sustainable, it’s not yet a zero-waste system,” said David Akana, associate director of student housing services. “Residence hall dumpsters around this time of year are overflowing with quality, re-usable goods ranging from hydro-flasks, to fans, to kitchen utensils. We’re excited to partner with students to do even better with our waste diversion and reduction efforts next year.”

“Some of the waste reduction challenges faced in student housing, such as the need for outreach campaigns focused on waste minimization and system design, are experienced elsewhere on campus,” said Nicole Chatterson, UH Office of Sustainability student coordinator. “If we can pilot and refine effective systems with SHS, we will be better prepared to address systemic waste issues and move UH towards zero-waste practices.”

Reef Fish Sustainability Off West Hawaiʻi Island

Jennifer Wong-Ala, a 2017 spring graduate from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Global Environmental Science (GES) degree program, conducted original research to determine how biological and physical factors affect the number of fish surviving to sustain populations of reef fish off West Hawaiʻi Island.

Jennifer Wong-Ala

Adult reef fish, like yellow tang, release eggs strategically—in places where the eggs can be swept into the open ocean to live out their free-floating larval stage and develop until they are ready to come back to the reef. This process of successfully returning home, termed recruitment, can be influenced by many physical factors including ocean currents, as well as biological strategies such as when and where fish larvae are born and how long the fish remain in the free-floating larval stage.

To explore the influence of these factors, Wong-Ala and her mentor, oceanography assistant professor Anna Neuheimer, developed a computer model which accounted for date of birth, location of birth, movement of larvae, duration of the free-floating larval stage, development, settlement and death of larval reef fish off of Hawaiʻi Island.

Their study found that recruitment changed depending on the fish’s birthdate due to influences of the currents, eddies and moon phase (i.e. tides). Additionally, location of birth mattered, with individuals born in shallow and sheltered bays having higher rates of recruitment compared to individuals born in unsheltered locations under certain conditions.

“This study provides a baseline understanding of how biophysical factors interact to impact recruitment in western Hawaiʻi Island,” said Wong-Ala.

The information can be used to explain species-specific variation in recruitment from year to year and predict possible changes in the future. Understanding the amount of fish that make it back to the reef is important for maintaining sustainable reef fish populations.

Following her passion with supportive mentors

“I chose GES because it is an interdisciplinary major that allows us to learn about the changes in the environment, gain valuable computer skills, and focus on what we are truly interested [in],” said Wong-Ala, who was born and raised in Waimānalo, Oʻahu. “My favorite aspect of my thesis experience is the relationship that developed with my mentor. I have worked in her lab for three years and it has been an experience that has taught me so much. I hope to be a mentor like her in the future.”

A graduate of Kapiʻolani Community College, Wong-Ala became interested in environmental science through the KCC-School of Ocean, Earth, Science and Technology summer bridge program. She was invited to participate in UH Mānoa’s School of Ocean, Earth, Science and Technology. Anela Choy, Wong-Ala’s mentor, co-founded the Maile program along with Barbara Bruno and Keolani Noa. The program helps student thrive through individualized mentoring and peer support.

Having graduated last Saturday, Wong-Ala is preparing to enter a graduate program at Oregon State University in Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Hawaii Students Create Star Wars Simulation on World’s Best Hybrid Visualization System

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa engineering graduate student Noel Kawano and computer science student Ryan Theriot created a 3D immersive visualization project—Star Wars Squadron and Tatooine.

Developed at the Laboratory for Advanced Visualization and Applications (LAVA) by MS graduate Noel Kawano and MS candidate Ryan Theriot. “Star Wars Squadron & Tatooine” immerses users in a real-time interactive action game in the newly developed Hybrid Reality Environment, Destiny CyberCANOE.

Users can battle with lightsabers or dogfight through a universe filled with starfighters, TIE fighters and an armada of star destroyers.

The (research and fun) possibilities are endless now that UH Mānoa is home to the best hybrid visualization system in the world that combines immersive virtual reality with ultra-high-resolution display walls. The Destiny-class CyberCANOE, which stands for cyber-enabled Collaboration Analysis Navigation and Observation Environment.

“We wanted to take advantage of the [Destiny-class CyberCANOE’s] capabilities and make something really cool,” Kawano said.

CyberCANOE users can go under the sea, explore outer space and probe microscopic elements of the human body without leaving campus.

Computer and Information Sciences Professor Jason Leigh is the system’s creator. His students were deeply involved in the design and construction of the CyberCANOE with investment and partnership from the National Science Foundation and the UH Academy for Creative Media System.

With 256 megapixels, the cylindrical CyberCANOE is the ultimate tool for scientists and researchers to visualize big data at resolutions that are 100-times better than commercial 3D displays. The diameter is 16 feet, and the walls are eight-feet high.

The Destiny-class cost about $250,000 to build and is actually the seventh and best CyberCANOE Leigh has built in Hawaiʻi over the past couple of years. His Laboratory for Advanced Visualization Applications (LAVA), where the Destiny-class CyberCANOE is housed, is planning to hold an open house in August 2017.

University of Hawaii Researcher Nationally Honored as Endangered Species Recovery Champion

Nellie Sugii, manager of the UH Harold L. Lyon Arboretum’s Hawaiian Rare Plant Program, has been recognized as a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Recovery Champion. This highly prestigious award is given to select U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and partners whose leadership efforts are integral to the recovery of endangered and threatened species of plants and animals. Sugii’s 30 years of experience have led to the development of methods to propagate Hawaiʻi’s most endangered plants via tissue culture and other techniques, many of which may have gone extinct without her efforts.

Nellie Sugii in the Micropropagation Lab.

Although Hawaiʻi makes up only 0.2% of the land mass of the United States, more than quarter of the species on the endangered species list are found only in Hawaiʻi, and most of them are plants. Under Sugii’s leadership, the Hawaiian Rare Plant Program plays an important role in preventing the extinction of Hawaiʻi’s most critically endangered plants, using micropropagation techniques (growing tiny plants in test tubes) as well as seeds collected from these plants for banking.

Many of the plants in the lab are difficult to propagate due to the low viability of the seeds or do not produce seeds at all. The plants sheltered in the lab represent a broad range of Hawaiian species not limited to one region or area in the Hawaiian Islands. Her efforts have led to the propagation of more than 500 of the 1,300 taxa of native Hawaiian plants.

Uluhe

The Hawaiian Rare Plant Program is often the last chance for many of Hawaiʻi’s endangered endemic plants to survive.  The laboratory serves as a rescue, recovery and storage unit for the conservation of critically endangered Hawaiian plants and is the only one of its kind in Hawaiʻi. Since 1993, tens of thousands of native plants have been maintained in the lab collections. Currently, there are about 250 native species in the collection, some of which no longer occur in the wild. HRPP is recognized internationally for its research and leadership in this area.

Asplenium peruvianum var. insulare

Sugii was chosen because of her outstanding dedication to the program and numerous accomplishments. She has maintained and expanded the HRPP on highly competitive grants for nearly 20 years and is a recognized leader in the broader plant conservation community in the Hawaiʻi Rare Plant Restoration Group, Laukahi Plant Conservation Network, and in the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List Specialist Group. Additionally, she mentors dozens of staff, UH students and volunteers and is known internationally for her expertise in micropropagation of rare species.

More information about this award can be found on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website: https://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/recovery-champions/index.html.

More information about the Lyon Arboretum can be found: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum/

UH Hilo Announces 2016-17 Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Awards

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Campus Center Student Leadership Program recently presented Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Recognition awards and certificates to individuals and student organizations for their contributions to UH Hilo and the community during the 2016-17 school year.


The Ka Lama Ku Umeke Awards and a Ka Lama Ku Plaque Award were
presented to:

  • Alaka`i Award–Leadership: Rebekah Loving (Mathematics)
  • `Ike Pāpālua Award-To Have the Gift of Vision: Elise Inouye
    (Communication and Gender and Women’s Studies)
  • Laulima Award – No Task is Too Big When Done by All: Justin Araki-Kwee (Computer Science and Japanese Studies)
  • Ka Lama Ku Koa Plaque Award: Alexandra Huizar (Business Administration)

Two student organizations were recognized with a Ka Lama Ku Leadership
Plaque for their contributions to UH Hilo and Hawai’i Island communities:

  • `Ike Pāpālua Award Plaque- To Have the Gift of Vision: Colleges Against Cancer (Alexandra Huizar, Brittney Luna, Ashley Maldonado, Sarah Kapalihiwa Bilyeu, Kash Laeda, Ali Nakata, Brooke Higa, Kimi Taguchi, Norie Anne Rosal Calit, Jade Wong, Misty Figuera, Jualin Sable Guting, Ruby Ann Sales, Ellie-Jean Kalawe, James Drescher, Sheryl Cariaga, Jayahmie Drio, Shaylyn Fujii, Erin McClure and Stacy Mae Gelacio)
  • Ka Lama Ku Hui Koa Award Plaque- Exemplifies the five values of Ka Lama Ku: Nā Haumāna Huaka`i i Kaho`olawe (Sarah Kapalihiwa Bilyeu, Sophie Kaleimomi Dolera, Joshua No`eau Kalima, Alana Kanahele, Sheena Kau`i Lopes, Aaron Kahea Morton, Isaac Ku`uiponohea Pang, Ulupuamahinamaikalani Peleiholani-Blankenfeld and Kiliona Young)

The Ka Lama Ku Certificate of Leadership was presented to individual students
and organizations in the following categories:

  • Alaka`i Certificate – Leadership: Kalaiakea Blakemore (Art)
  • Kuleana Certificate – We are Accountable and Responsible: Bennjamin P Siemers (Kinesiology Education) and the 2016-17 Psychology and Kinesiology and Exercise Science Peer Advising Team (Alia Alvarez, Cheyrub Cabarloc, Zach Gorski, Keian Shon, Julie Tom, Leahi Akao, Chelsea Mitsuda, Froile Queja, Kaylee Rapoza, Bennjamin Siemers, Roget Chan, Jamie Ouye and Gabriella Sanchez)
  • `Ike Pāpālua Certificate – To Have the Gift of Vision: Lara Hughes (Business Administration)
  • Mālama `Āina Certificate – Taking Care of the Land and Environment: Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (Erin Busch, Keolohilani H Lopes Jr., Kailey Pascoe, Rose Hart and Jessica Kirkpatrick)
  • Mālama `Ohana Certificate – Taking Care of Our Families: Kanani Daley (Art)

The Ka Lama Ku Student Leadership Recognition Awards are sponsored by the UH Hilo Campus Center Fee Board, the Ka Lama Ku Student Advisory Council, the Student Activities Council, University Radio Hilo and Vulcan Video Productions, Ke Kalahea, and the Division of Student Affairs.

UH Hilo College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List, Spring 2017

The following students in the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo College of Arts and Sciences received Dean’s List recognition for spring 2017:

Paige Aamoth, Eva Abraham, Jozie Acasio, Taylor Acheson, Kendra Adams, Clifford Agcaoili, Jaster Agcaoili, Keinan Agonias, Brandon Aguiar, Breanna Aguiar, Brandon Ajari, Rhonda Akano, Leahi Akao, Eric Alabanza, Jeannelle Alejo, Marife Allen, John Alokoa, Sylvia Amaral Arquitola, Brian Anderson, Kaleigh Anderson, Kinsley Anderson, Harrison Andina, Jenna Andre, Dwayne Anefal, Nicole Antonio,

Zion Apao, Ralph Aquino, Kathleen Aragon, David Arakawa, Justin Araki-Kwee, Tearina Asiata, Nicholas Asuncion, Braxston Bailey, Sharlene Bala, Kellsie Ballesteros, Sage Barcia, Kaitlin Barcoma, Ashley Barhite, Rachel Barletta, Reagan Barnhart, Joshua Bass, Natalie Baus, Crystal-lynn Baysa, Meyer Beckner, Chase Benbow, Eunice Bernal, Angelica Berson, Jahnu Best, Isabella Beuckens,

Kateleen C. Bio, Victoria Birrenbach, Kalaiakea Blakemore, Casey Blanchette, Chloe’ Blandino, Chelsea Blaquera, Zachary Block, Hannah Blue, Chad Booth, Jennifer Bragg, Andre Brouillette, Matthew Brown, Jennifer Bruce, Rachel Bruck, Kailah Buchanan, Amberly Buer, Malia Byram, Sydney Cabanas, Cheyrub Cabarloc, Jerold A. Cabel, Alexis Cabrera, Leischene Calingangan, Ryley Callaghan, Litah Campbell,

Amanda Canda, Kirsten Cannoles, Jessicamae Caravalho, Renee Carlson, Livia Carr, Nicholas Carrion, Anne Carsey, Briauna Carter, Micah Carter, Cjay Carvalho, Kyla-Jo Carvalho, Malia Case, Gisele Cassarotti Prescott, Genier M. Cayabyab, Kahana Cazimero, Talia Ceja, Allison Chai, Jennifer Chai, Justin Chandler, Andy Chang, Vincent Chang, Royce Chee, Pono Christianson, Victor Ciaramitaro, Kayla Clarke,

Ciera Cline, Ramzen Coakley, Zoe Coffman, Michael Coombs, Elyse Cote, Keri Coughlin, Monica L. Covarrubio, Seneca Cox, Brenna Cranswick, Tifaine Crivello, Trixie A. Croad, Cheyana Crossman, Angela Cruz, Kawelina Cruz, Patricia L. Cubangbang, Ramon Cubangbang, Caitlin Cullen, Claire Curley, Kendrick J. Dalmacio, Crystal Dasalla, Uilani Dasalla, Stephanie Dawrs, Tatiana De La Cruz,

Emily De Wulf, DaShon Dean, Ersa DeBrum, Kaylee Decambra, Edwina Degrood, Marissa Dellomo, Carey Demapan, Tyler DeNardo, Billi Derleth, Ileana Derouin-Loando, Ty Desa, Holly Diop, Savannah Directo, Lael Dobson, Kanoelani Dodd, Danielle Dodge, Lorelei M. Domingo, Princess Dianne Domingo, Joctan Dos Reis Lopes, Sadie Dossett, Jordan Drewer, Jennifer Eastin, Caili Ebaniz, Bryana-Marie Ebbers, Raelyn Eckert, Jamie Economy, Jon Ehrenberg, Kenji Emerson,

Kristel Emerson, Tiffany Erickson, Duke Escobar, Raynell Espaniola, Raeoirasor L. Espejo, Charlotte F. Esquida, Herbert Estes, Hannah Estrada, Starlyne Estrada, Mackay Eyster, Jade Farmer, Sheilla M. Felipe, Sarah Ferguson, Sharrylei Fernandez, Misty Figueira, David Finley, Caitlin Fisher, Rachel Fisher, Caralyn Fitzpatrick, Kelsey Foreman-Bunting, Mary Frame, Heidi Franz, Martabella Freedman, Silmai U. Fritz, Brittany Fuemmeler, Shaylyn Fujii, Maia Furer, Trent Furuta, Dylan Gable,

Alliya Gabriel, Dillon-Jon Gabriel, Maikai Gahan, Kai A. Gaitley, Nicholas Galliani, Gerenel Galvez, Cheryl L. Ganitano, April Gaoiran, Zachary Geisterfer, Jan Genovia, Noelani Gonzalez-Villanueva, Maya Goodoni, Alec Goodson, Rachel Gorenflo, Beverly A. Gorospe, Lila Gourd, Marc D. Grande, Raymond Greene, Piper Greenwood, Rachel A. Greer-Smith, Chrisovolandou Gronowski, Rihei Grothmann, Courtney Guirao,

Basu Guragain, Shirley Guzman, Ariel Halemano, Karise Hallsten, Quinn Hamamoto, Carli Hand, Koko Hanno, Ryan Hanoa, Shane Harrison, Bridge Hartman, Stephen Hasegawa, Dakota Helfrich, Tessa Henderson, Brad Higa, Brooke Higa, Kristie Hirai, Tiana Honda, Lauren Hong, Alena Hookano, Kainoa Howard, Kaitlyn Howe, Karlie Howe, Cooper Howlett, Sandra Huang, ZhiLing Huang,

Adrian Huff, Brianne Huggins, Nyree Hulme, Katya Hutchinson, Kimberly Hutchinson, Mi Huynh, Thien Huynh, Pomaikai Iaea, Laura Ibbotson, Andi Igawa, Marina Ignacio, Yukako Iha, Julia Ingledue, Austin Inouye, Elise Inouye, Courtney Ip, Joanne Isabella, Kristen Ishii, Brian Ishola, Daylen Ita, Miranda Jeffcoat, Kahele Joaquin, Beth Johnson, Cassandra Jones, Kailani Jones, Kyle Jones, Mikayla Jones,

Jamie Josephson, Kiilani Judd, Godfrey Julian, Polanimakamae Kahakalau, Kelii Kailipaka, Nainoa Kalaukoa, Brooke Kamahiai, Shaniya Kamakea-Wong, Keiki O Namahiai Kanahele-Santos, Anri Kasuga, Hokuto Kawashima, Emma Khachikian, Reyn Kihara, Mary L. Kimura, Joshua Kitagawa, Zena Kiyota, Casey Koi, Kamrie Koi, Rochelle Koi, Emilee Kojiro, Hyesun Kong, Krystle Koshiyama, Lisa Kosilla,

Britni Kualii, Kealiiahonui Kuikahi, John Kuroda, Mia Lamirand, Brandon Lau, Luana Lavatai, Joshua Lawcock, Jesse Leavitt, Laurel Ledward, Da Hai Lee, Robert Lee, John Leonard, Nathaniel Letro, Stephanie Letro, Rose Letuli, Shalyn Lewis, Braysen Libed, Cheryll Ligohr, Lee Linneman, Yan Liu, Kaila Lizama, Emerson J. Llaguno, Shaneese Longboy, Sheena Lopes, Emma Lorenz, Devynn Louie,

Kristi Lovell, Noelle Lovesy, Rebekah Loving, Jordana Lum, Brittany Luna, Susanne Lyle, Sharlene Macasieb, Omar Machado, Laurena Mack, Taylor-Keahi Macomber-Cobile, Taylor Madrid, Brandon Mahle, Jewel M. Malapitan, Ashley Maldonado, Michael Mandaquit, Elaine Manicke, Shelby Marhoefer, Danielle Marrufo, Hannah Marshal, Dario Martin, Katherine Martinez, Jaymie Masuda, Issha Mata, Abcde Matias, Kelley Matsumoto, Aspen Mauch, JoeAnna McDonald, Danielle McDowell,

Adam McGhee, Jared McLean, Heidi Medeiros, Lokella K. Medeiros, James Melcher, Luana Mendiola-Smith, Georgette Mercado, Anna B. Mikkelsen, Jordan Millwood, Zayin Minia, Jordan Mirels, Chelsea Mitsuda, James Miura, Kelsy Miyake-Kamahele, So Miyazawa, Melissa Mizuguchi, Melissa Moats, Sharyse Molina, Brendan Moore, Shawn Mori, Trevor Morison, Juliann Morris, Kialoa Mossman, Shane-Earl Naeole,

Amber Nagata, Tori Nakagawa, Blayne Nakasone Sakata, Sheena Nakata, Kirstie Naone, Brandon Neal, Christopher Nelson, Cameron Nicholson, Christine Nicolas, Crystal O’Brien, Nai‘a Odachi, Amy Odaira, Morgan Olson, Rachel Omori, Lorelei T. Padasdao, Matthew Paio, Mariah Paiste, Nathan Pallett, Isaac Pang, Maria R. Paragas, Tinzin Pasang, Shaelynn Pasco, Taylor Patrick, Tyson Pavao, Joel Paye,

Leomanaolamaikalani Peleiholani Blankenfeld, Christina Penney, Josefina M. Pereira, Douglas Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Eiesha Price, Michelle Proue, Ashley Pugh, Jasmin M. Quiamas, Natalie Quinajon, Sheri Quon, Tom C. Rafanan, Nicole Ramirez, Skye Rances, Kaydee Rapozo, James Reagan, Stacey Reed, Karl Reid, Samantha Reis, James C. Remengesau, Sharnelle Renti Cruz, Chelsea Requelman,

Manuelito K. Rey, Emily Risley, Anne Rivera, Haylee Roberts, Kyra Robinson, Saysha Rodero, Nikola Rodriguez, Ashley Romero, Norie-Anne Rosal Calit, Michaella Rosales, Nickolas Rosenberg, Hannah Rosenow, Robin Rudolph, Matthew Ruiz, David Russell, Nina Sabahi, Josiane Saccu, Melanie Sacro, Micheal A. Sagun, Michelle Sahagun, Ilysia S. Sana, Jacob Sands, Kayela Santiago, Shelbi Santiago,

Ryan T. Sasaki, Jacey Savage, Blessing Savusa, Steven Sayers, Alexa Schaefer, Kimberly Schmelz, Dehrich Schmidt-Chya, Stefanie Sciacca, Artem Sergeyev, Seth Shaikh, Ashley-Ann Shaw, Laura Shepherd, Leah Sheppard, Jessie C. E. Sheridan, Albert Shim, Jaci Shinoda, Keani Shirai, Chela Shiroma, Spencer Shiroma, Keian Shon, Sabrina Shores, Ian Shortridge, Heather Simon, Emma D. Sinclair,

Solomon Singer, Hazel F. Sivila, Alexa Smiley, Clara Smith, James Smith, Nicole Smith, Kiana Soloria, Krismon Sotiangco, Kalena Spinola, Kimberlee Staats, Ashlin Stahlberg, Edwin Stanberry, Maria Steadmon, Kyle Steckler, Angelica Steele, Phillip Steering, Justine Stensby, Marguerite Stith, Deneese Stone, Jeremiah Storie, Oliver M. Strachan, Tiffany Stranathan, Marley Strand-Nicolaisen, Jamie Sugai, Eve Sullivan, Kylee Sullivan, Tahigwa Summers, Taliesin Sumner, Tevis Swain,

Royden-Glen Tagalicud, Irie Taguchi, Ryan Taifane, Peniamina Taii, Melia Takakusagi, Nicholas Takaoka, Sophia Tang, Morgan Tate, Trent Terada, Heaven Tharp, Brittany Theilen, Avery Thompson, Kori Todd, Jodie Tokihiro, Julie Tom, Jeffrey Tomas, Kaycie Tomei, Brandon Tomota, Tiana Toyooka, Reynell Transfiguracion, Taylor Traub, Dominick Trevino, Lavin Uehara, Mary-Fem Urena,

Kyle J. Uson, Victoria Uthman, Nicolas Vanderzyl, Molly Verseput, Bernard-Benjamin Villa, Aaron Viluan, Fred Visaya, Leilani VisikoKnox-Johnson, Ashley Vongsy, Cecile Vulliet, Shayla Waiki, Amirah Waite, Jane Walsh, HeNaniNoOeKaWahineUioIkePono Wandasan, Kenton Wandasan, Vernon Warnock, Sondra Warren, Valerie K. Wasser, Tino Wells, Candace Wharton,

Zoe Whitney, Brian Wild, Jade Wong, Tiana Wong, Sarah Wottlin, Christopher Wung, Linda Xiong, Lisamarie Yagruw, Yuto Yamauchi, Jia Hao Yao, Phillip Yawata, Kanani Yockman, Kotaro Yogi, Ivana Yoon, Mari Yoshida, Deanna Young, Tyler Young, Jenna Yugawa, Adrianna Zablan, Luana Zablan, Tahiya Zaman, Turfa Zaman, Tabetha Zapata-Mitz, Kaimalie Zirker, and Gregory Zukeran.

Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikolani Na Pua Lei O Ka Na’auao, Kupulau 2017 (College of Hawaiian Language Dean’s List, Spring 2017)

Ke kukala aku nei ko ke Kulanui o Hawai’i ma Hilo koleke `o Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani, i na inoa o na haumana kaha `oi no ke kau Kupulau 2017:

(The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Ka Haka `Ula O Ke`elikolani College of Hawaiian Language announces its Dean’s List for the Spring 2017 semester):

Jainine Abraham, Rhonda Akano, Destanie Alayon, Zion Apao, Joshua Bass, Laura Birse, Christopher Chow, Ramzen Coakley, Kaleimomi Dolera, Jayme Doyle, Kalamaku Freitas, Roberta Gaskin, Ezra Grace, David Griffith, Karise Hallsten, Stephen Hasegawa, Jetamio Henshaw, Kameron Ho, Pomaikai Iaea,

Alexa Iannantuano, Yukako Iha, Alana Kanahele, Mary Kealaiki, Hyesun Kong, Brittany Laddusaw, Yan Liu, Sheena Lopes, Haruka Miura, Lauren Mizuba, Ashley-Anne Morishita, Ashley Nakoa-Kawahakui, Ikaaka Pang, Moananuimaikalani Peleiholani-Blankenfeld, Sarah Rafferty, Samantha Reis, Sharnelle Renti Cruz, Josiane Saccu, Steven Sayers, Kaulana Stanley, Taylor Traub, Jessica Valladares, and Kotaro Yogi.

UH Hilo College of Pharmacy Names Spring 2017 Dean’s List

The following students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy have been named to the Dean’s List for the 2017 spring semester.

The Class of 2017 has been on experiential rotations during their final year of study.

Class of 2018: Chelsea Aipoalani, Tiffany Alberg, Ciara Butts, Goody Cacal, Robby-Sean Cayetano, Matt Chen, Jane Choi, Karen Christian, Mathew Eng, Sara Evanko, Erik Ferreira, Jennifer Fujio, Cierra Gauvin, Kelli Goo, Kelsy Kam, Jui-Yu Kao, Jonathan Kataoka, Macie Kim, Krystle Kiyuna, Katrina Kutter, Bernice La, XuanLam Le, Tram Le, Jessica Lee, Nicolette Lew, Miyuki Miller, Niaz Nafisi, Christopher Nakagawa, Kerri Nakatsu, Vicky Nguyen, Phuong Nguyen, Phuong An Nguyen-Huu, Megan Olaguer, Marina Ortiz, Carli Owan, Jessica Penaranda, Tran Pham, Joann Phan, Niko Pogorevcnik, Caroline Rhee, Lauren Sato, Lauren Skorheim, Andrew Skorheim, John James Taman, Ha Tran, Quan Truong, Paolo Vinh Tuan Truong, Amber Uto, Zebedee Walpert, Candace Woo, Seungyeun Yoo

Class of 2019: Sydney Barney, Deniz Bicakci, Athena Borhauer, Rene-Scott Chavez, Torrence Ching, Katrina Downey, Samantha Gonzalez, Cathlyn Goo, Leigh Heffner, Faith Hicks, Vance Hill, Tyler Hirokawa, Preston Ho, Kaylee Hoang, Kelly Kofalt, Logan Kostur, Kevin Lei, San Ly, Kate Malasig, Tyler Millar, Jennifer Nguyen, Kelsey Noetzelmann, Kara Paulachak, David Pham, Gam Phan, Rachel Randall, Jessica Regpala, Lindsey Reinholz, Desiree Shouse, Clement Tran Tang, Shannon Trinh, Nicholas Tsoi, Ashley Uehara, Nancy Wong, Veronica Wong, Krystin Yasay, Carrie Yeung

Class of 2020: BJ Isaac Acosta, David Cao, Brandi Chun, Wilson Datario, Joshua Dillon, Jensine Melody Domingo, Courtney Elam, Amelia Furlan, Jhoana Paula Gonzales, Taylor Hori, Su Hyon Kwon, Kamala Lizama, Tracy Lopez, Mary Lui, Vincent Manalo, Jarin Miyamoto, Shahrzad Mohammadi, Tony Moua, Stacey Nguyen, Andrew Nguyen, Kathleen Nguyen, Brent Ocker, Rachel Paragas, Tyler Peterson, Felix Rasgo, Robyn Rector, Taumie Richie, Shaina Saiki, Reid Shimada, Samantha Texeira, Andrew Thai, Jared Toba, Johnny Tran, Kelsey Trujillo, Kyle Tsubota, Thi Hong Vo, Stacie Waiamau, Brooke Zarriello

UH Hilo Chancellor’s Scholarship Recipients Named

Thirteen students from Hawaiʻi’s public and private high schools have been awarded the prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.

The award, valued in excess of $28,000, covers four years of tuition for students graduating from a Hawaiʻi high school who earned either a GPA of at least 3.5, a combined 1800 SAT (reading, writing, math) or a composite score of 27 on the ACT while demonstrating leadership and/or community service.

Chancellor’s Scholars are required to enroll as full-time students and earn a minimum of 24 credits each academic year. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and participate in leadership activities and/or community service with other Chancellor’s Scholars.

The 2017-2018 recipients and their respective high schools include:

  • Hailey Briseno, Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy
  • Kekamamakoaaka`ilihou Caceres, Kamehameha – Kapalama
  • Scott Dakofsky, Roosevelt High School
  • Ariana Dolan, Pearl City High School
  • Skyla Elder, Honoka`a High School
  • Kaitlyn Evans, Kamehameha – Maui
  • Presly Kaanaana, Kamehameha – Kapalama
  • Polina Kozinskiy, Laupahoehoe PCS
  • Sophia Smith, Hawaiʻi Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Jaron Sugimoto, Waipahu High School
  • Naneaikealau Thomas, Kamehameha – Hawaiʻi
  • Vanessa Watkins, Waiakea High School
  • Kamamaluwaiwai Wichimai, Kamehameha – Hawaiʻi

New Portable Testing Tool Speeds Detection of Suspected Rapid `Ōhi`a Death Pathogens

Researchers have developed a new, more efficient tool for detecting the pathogens believed to be the cause of Rapid `Ōhi`a Death (ROD), according to a recently published study by the Hawaiʻi Cooperative Studies Unit at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, the USGS Pacific Islands Ecosystem Research Center (PIERC), and USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS).
The authors of the report have developed a portable lab for diagnostic field testing for the two species of fungal pathogens that infect `ōhi`a (Metrosideros polymorpha). The portable lab, which provides quick results and reduces instrumentation costs, is currently being used by the Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) to detect infected trees and identify the distribution of the pathogens.

“Having this portable lab gives us the capability to do our own diagnostics and get a quicker answer about whether or not a tree is positive for ROD. The result then allows us to take management actions right away or do more targeted testing,” said Bill Buckley, Forest Response coordinator for BIISC and leader of their ROD Early Detection and Rapid Response Team.

The Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture is also planning to use the portable lab to help screen shipments of `ōhi`a logs for the pathogens.

ROD was first identified in the lower Puna District in 2014, and now infects more than 50,000 acres of private and state forest lands on Hawaiʻi Island. ROD is a serious threat and imperils long-term sustainability of watersheds managed by Department of Interior agencies, the State of Hawaiʻi, and State Watershed Partnerships.

For more information on the study and its findings, visit https://dspace.lib.hawaii.edu/handle/10790/3025.

UH Hilo Announces Spring 2017 Droste Awards

The English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo has presented six students with seven Spring 2017 Howard and Yoneko Droste Awards for excellence in writing and two students with bookstore vouchers.

Brandon Ikaika Field’s paper, “Aquaculture: Sustainable or Disdainful,” won the $250 award for Outstanding 100-Level Composition Paper. Field is an Agriculture: Aquaculture Specialty major with a minor in Marine Science.

English major Kai Gaitley’s analytical essay, “Quote Journal 2: Neoptolemus,” received the $250 award for Outstanding 200-Level English Paper.

The $250 award for Writing for the Majors went to Computer Science major Derrick O’Brien for his essay, “The Effects of Radiation that Lead to the Creation of a Natural Utopia.”

The $250 award for Outstanding Work in Fiction went to English major Amanda Canda for her short story, “Good Ol’ Dependable Francis.”

Geography major Zoe Whitney, who is minoring in English, was awarded $250 for Outstanding Work in Playwriting. Whitney’s one-act play was titled “The Last Journalist.”

English major Martabella Freedman received the $500 award for Outstanding Upper-Division English Paper for her paper, “Graphic Literature: Comics as Advanced Storytelling.” Freedman also won the $250 Droste award for Outstanding Portfolio of Poetry.

In addition, two English majors, Kim Leolani Kalama and Danielle Dodge, received $250 Droste book vouchers to the UH Hilo Bookstore.

Howard and Yoneko Droste, courtesy of the Droste Estate.

The awards are made possible by an endowment donated by the late Howard and Yoneko Droste, longtime faculty members who taught a combined total of 45 years at UH Hilo.

VOICES Brings Vocal Ensemble Concert to Hilo

The ensemble VOICES, led by local voice teacher Mark Sheffield under the auspices of his Mark Alan VocalWorks studio, will bring their unique interpretations of classics and new favorites to Hilo. The group’s pianist is Kanako Okita. Showtimes are Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Protestant Church.  Admission is free and by donation, with a suggested donation of $10.00. For more information, call 238-6040.

Mark Sheffield

The evening’s program, entitled That’s Life, presents music for ensemble and solo voices both a capella and with piano, especially chosen to highlight the seasons of the year and the seasons of life.  From songs which may be new to the audience to beloved classics of stage and screen, the recital brings to life old favorites and new gems. With composers as varied as Eric Whitacre and Lili Boulanger, and songs as varied as the sacred My Song in the Night by Mack Wilberg and Africa by Toto, the concert promises something for every fan of vocal music. Solos and small ensembles intermingle with full ensemble numbers to provide variety and interest.

Mark Sheffield, Tenor and Voice Teacher, began his studio in Hilo over a decade ago. In that time he has given students success in local theater productions and concerts. He has also sent students to further study and to careers in professional theater and music. His work as a voice teacher has been highly regarded for his skill in bringing each singer’s true voice forward. Now, his students make up the personnel of his new group VOICES.

VOICES, a vocal ensemble consisting entirely of students in Sheffield’s Mark Alan VocalWorks studio, gives Sheffield’s advanced students the additional challenge of learning and performing challenging ensemble music within the context of Sheffield’s instruction in vocal technique and interpretation. Last year’s debut concert of the group included staged theatricality as well as new interpretations of songs from classic to modern. VOICES has also performed on the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center stage, featured in recent UH Hilo choral concerts. Beyond this, VOICES and its less formal predecessor has a decade-long history of performing to acclaim at the annual Keaau Christmas Parade.

Asked about how he came to create That’s Life, Sheffield said, “I was inspired by the seasons of life, and how they fit with the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. This program takes VOICES and the audience on a life journey through youth to maturity and venerable age. We end with a note of hope and timelessness that surpasses all seasons, whether of weather or life. The concert includes songs in a rich variety of styles designed to showcase the brilliance of the ensemble as well as the theme of the evening.” Sheffield continued, “This concert is our second full-length concert, presented as a gift to our community. We appreciate your support, we welcome your donations toward our future endeavors, and we look forward to seeing you at That’s Life. Please do come and join us in this evening of vocal excellence.”

VOICES: That’s Life comes to Hilo May 12 and 13, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Protestant Church for two shows only.  Admission is free and by donation, with a suggested donation of $10.00. Donations accepted at the door. Call 238-6040 for more information.

Walgreens Helps UH Hilo College of Pharmacy with Diversity Initiative Funding

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy received a $7,000 check from retail pharmacy Walgreens to fund a diversity initiative. An additional $5,000 will go toward scholarships to students in the PharmD professional program.

From left, Quinn Taira, Eleanor Wong, Carolyn Ma, Amy Song and Heidi Ho-Muniz

This is the ninth year the college has received funding from Walgreens for diversity. The funds have sponsored educational programs such as a tour of healthcare facilities at Kalaupapa on Molokaʻi.

Walgreens began the diversity program in 2009 to donate $1 million annually toward diversity initiatives at all of the accredited pharmacy schools nationwide.

Eleanor Wong, Walgreens area healthcare supervisor for the San Francisco Peninsula/Hawaiʻi region, presented the check to Dean Carolyn Ma at Walgreens specialty store on Oʻahu. Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy alums Quinn Taira and Amy Song, who both work at the retail store, were in attendance along with Heidi Ho-Muniz, district manager for Walgreens Pharmacy and Retail Operations.

“We are grateful for this initiative that has helped our student pharmacists through the years and strengthened our own commitment to promoting and embracing diversity,” Ma said.

The University of Hawaiʻi Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawaiʻi System. The mission of the University of Hawaiʻi Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawaiʻi’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawaiʻi and our future generations www.uhfoundation.org.

Grants Approved for Digital Repository of Spoken Hawaiian Language

Grants approved for digital repository of spoken Hawaiian language
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have collectively awarded grants totaling $448,464 over a three-year period to fund a project involving multiple University of Hawaiʻi campuses to build a digital online repository of spoken Hawaiian language, or ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.

Principal Investigator Keiki Kawai`ae`a, director of Ka Haka ʻUla O Ke`elikōlani (KHUOK) College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

The NSF grant is for $283,464, while the NEH portion totals $165,000. The awards are effective August 1, 2017 and will be managed by Principal Investigator Keiki Kawai`ae`a, director of Ka Haka ʻUla O Ke`elikōlani (KHUOK) College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, along with co-Principal Investigators Larry Kimura, associate professor at KHUOK, and Andrea Berez-Kroeker, associate professor in the Department of Linguistics at UH Mānoa.

The project, entitled “Building a Hawaiian Spoken Language Repository,” will create Kani`āina, a digital corpus of recordings and transcripts of Native Hawaiian language. Kani`āina will feature hundreds of hours of audio and video recordings, fully searchable transcripts in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, catalog information in both English and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, and a unique crowd-sourcing feature for soliciting enhanced transcription and content-tagging of the recordings from the public.

The recordings and transcripts will be accessible online at Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library, beginning with Phase 1 of the first two collections: Ka Leo Hawaiʻi and Kū i ka Mānaleo, later this year. The content will be archived for long-term preservation in Kaipuleohone, the University of Hawaiʻi Digital Language Archive, which is part of ScholarSpace, the UH institutional repository.

Kawai`ae`a says the awards also include funding for undergraduate research opportunities and for a cross-campus graduate educational exchange in language documentation and revitalization, which is especially timely.

“We are elated that we can now move toward building a larger public repository of audio and visual native speaker collections to support the growing population of Hawaiian speakers,” Kawai`ae`a said. “Kani`āina comes at a crucial time when the number of Hawaiian speakers is increasing as the last of the native speaking elders is rapidly dwindling. We now estimate the number of elder native speakers outside of the Ni`ihau community to total between 20 and 30.”

Data from an April 2016 report by the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism on Hawaiʻi’s non-English speaking population found the number of persons aged 5 and older who spoke Hawaiian at home statewide totaled 18,400. Kawai`ae`a also noted that more than 3,000 students are presently enrolled in Hawaiian-immersion schools P-12, while 13,500 are enrolled in Hawaiian language coursework in public and private educational institutions, and 2,000 students are enrolled in similar coursework at UH campuses.

Kawai`ae`a says the broader impacts of Kani`āina will include its integration into immersion-based language education from pre-school to the university level, Hawaiian knowledge in the natural and social sciences, and beyond. The project will also engage underrepresented groups as citizen scientists through its creation of a publicly available corpus of an endangered U.S. language.

Department of Health and University of Hawaii at Hilo Notify Students and Staff of TB Exposure at Hilo Campus

Clinic to be held on campus in April

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) and University of Hawaii at Hilo are notifying approximately 120 students and staff members of their recent possible exposure to a person with active tuberculosis (TB) at the Hilo campus. All students and staff will be receiving a notice describing the situation and whether testing is recommended. A clinic for TB testing will be held on campus this month and DOH will be testing only those persons with regular close contact to the patient.

“The University of Hawaii Hilo campus activities and all classes can be held as scheduled with no safety concerns related to the past possible exposure,” said Health Director Dr. Virginia Pressler. “We don’t expect to find more individuals with infectious TB disease, but we hope to identify individuals who may have had recent exposure, are not contagious, and could benefit from preventative medication.”

“Tuberculosis usually requires many hours of close indoor person-to-person contact to spread it to others,” said Dr. Elizabeth MacNeill, chief of the TB Control Branch. “Most of the students and staff are not at risk, and our investigation to date has found no related active TB cases and no spread of the disease at the university or in the community.”

DOH conducted an extensive investigation and evaluation of potential contacts and possible exposure immediately after being notified of the active TB case. The individual is receiving treatment and is no longer infectious. Further Information on the individual and their case is confidential and protected by law.

TB is a disease that is commonly seen in the lungs and can only be spread from person-to- person through the air. When a person with active TB disease in the lung or throat coughs, sneezes, speaks, or sings, tiny drops containing M. tuberculosis may be spread into the air. If another person inhales these drops there is a chance that they will become infected with TB.  Two forms of TB exist, both of which are treatable and curable:

  1. Latent TB infection – when a person has TB bacteria in their body but the body’s immune system is protecting them and they are not sick. Someone with latent TB infection cannot spread the infection to other people.
  2. Active TB disease – when a person becomes sick with TB because their immune system can no longer protect them. It usually takes many months or years from having infection to developing the disease and most people (90 percent) will never become ill. Someone with active TB disease may be able to spread the disease to other people.

For more information on tuberculosis, please call the State of Hawaii Tuberculosis Control Program at 832-5731 or visit the Department of Health website at www.hawaii.gov/health/tb.